Epilogue (with free stuff if you get to the end)

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I realize its been about 5 years since I have posted a journal entry.  I have been meaning to post something here for years.   A few people visit my page every now and again.  So, I thought I would let you guys know what happened to me.

Back in 2007, I married my high school sweetheart after 10 years of being together.   It was a beautiful wedding along side the McKenizie River.  We bought a nice house near a park, then I finally finished up my two degrees and graduated from the University of Oregon.  (Digital Arts and Political Science)  Shortly after graduating, I was laid off from my job as a computer support technician.  I spent the next 2 years unemployed and feeling quite sorry for myself.

Though, in those 2 years I took up watercolors and oil painting.  I always felt that I lacked a good foundation in traditional mediums, so it was really fun to learn.  Coming from a digital-only background, it was months and months before I would stop subconsciously trying to use the 'undo' shortcut while painting.  ☺  Mainly, I like to paint florals and seascapes, but I'm starting to try flesh now too.  I even submitted a watercolor to an art show, and it sold for $250!  

Luckily, I was finally able to find work.  I now work as a merchandise photographer.  And I thought I was good at Photoshop before, but now my skills now are super awesome!  The pay is quite poor, but I get to play with Photoshop all day.  With how bad the job market is where I live, I could have ended up working in a gas station, so I am very happy that I found a quasi-artistic job.

Convention wise, I had an amazing run.  In the 5 years I was going to conventions, I attended over 40!  Everywhere from Vancouver to Miami!  I spent a good chunk of my 20's traveling all over the USA and Canada meeting wonderful amazing people.  Not many people get to say that!  I knew it wouldn't last forever, and boy did I enjoy it while it lasted.   I am truly grateful that I got to do so much off the limited talent I possessed.

Over the years, I have been able to meet and be inspired by people far more talented than myself.  I have a knack for imitating styles, but I have always been awestruck by others' creativity and originality for something new.   It's amazing too see how the talent on Deviantart has grown and evolved since I first signed up.  

Anyone want prints?  I still have quite a few prints left over from my old con days.  I can't bare to throw them out.   (I was going to see if I could give them away at comiccon.  I got a ticket for comiccon, -cause I'd never been- but have no ride or place to stay.  Boo)  Send me a note with your address and what print(s) you would like.  I can pick up postage just to know they are going to a good home…  (US only, though I'll be in Vancouver in August, so Canada too if you don't mind the wait)  Let me know if you want me to sign them.

Thank you all so much for your kind words and encouragement over the years!

Love,
Tara

Edit:  I have a big stack of mail to take to the post office.  Horray!  You guys are awesome!

As of now, I still have:

Inu Yasha Reflection
Winter Calm (Inuyasha and Kikyo)
Dawn awaking (Inuyasha and Kagome)
Lonely Souls (Miruko and Sango)
Sesshoumaru and Tokejin
Kagome finally snaps (Inuyasha and Kagome)
Kotoko and da hammer (From Chobits)
Warm rain (from Ranma ½)
Once Night Falls (Young human Inuyasha)
Sweet Cuddle (Miruko and Sango)
Soft Kisses (Miruko and Sango)
Brothers Elric (Full metal Alchemist)
Poker night in Konoho (From Naruto) ...and I have lots of this one.
Thank you (Inuyasha and Kagome with relection)
Sexy Roy (only in my scraps, but competed)
One Breath Away (a sexy human inuyasha and kagome that deviantart took down a while ago)
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fore-citeStudent Digital Artist
I would just like to mention that if you ever see this, I always found you to be one of the most inspiring artists I've ever had the pleasure to come across. Even now when ever I'm feeling less than inspired I look for you. If you have any of your Inuyasha prints left (particularly those of Sango and Miroku) Not only would I love to have even one of them it'd probably get hung up on my wall as a pillar of inspiration for me. Good luck in life and all that you do.
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SanzoLoverHobbyist Traditional Artist
Your the first artist I ever looked up to, I just went to the back of my favorites and saw one of your FMA pieces of art as my first favorite. You inspired me to start drawing and embrace my artistic side. I rarely draw these days cause Ive picked up other arts like video editing but it was fun.
fluffykyokyo's avatar
Holy cow! Do you have any left? If you do I'd love to have any of your work.
AnimeManiaca-Laura's avatar
Hi!
I know you don't know me, and I don't really know you neither.
But I always want to told you that I LOVE this drawing of you:
[link]
Since I was 12 or something like that (now I'm 18) but for that time I didn't know many things about internet that wasn't google, haha.
It was kind of hard to find the drawing again, but I did it. You have no idea of how much I look for it.
Well, my best wishes for you.
LuminositySeven's avatar
So glad to know you are doing well! I bought some of your artwork (I think at Otakon 04? or Katsucon 06?) I've always loved the quality that you put into your work. And I've wondered for ages what happened to you when you dropped off the net. Good to hear you're happy and all is (relatively) well!

I would like a few prints. I'll drop you a note with an address and a request.
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HikariShienHobbyist General Artist
I think I might have seen you at AX05. Which prints do you still have left?
ArouraLeona's avatar
ArouraLeonaHobbyist Photographer
<3 Congrats on everything and good luck for your future!
LovesDarkness's avatar
I remember seeing you at Anime North and talking to you for a while...lol. We talked a lot...and looked thru this one book of things you have and I was like "I have that faved...have that faved...have that faved" I actually really enjoyed talking to you...and was kind of sad when you dropped off DA.

I'm glad so many good things have been happening for you! I totally understand being unemployed for two years and feeling bad about yourself...I'm going thru that right now.

I hope you'll stay with us now! lol
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sonjajadeHobbyist Digital Artist
If you still have Sexy Roy I'd very much like that.
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EilonwyGHobbyist Photographer
Oh wow! I have been loving your art for years! Wonderful on the marriage. I feel your pain on the joblessness; I just got over a two year unemployment streak and now have a job at Target, much below my abilities, but a job is a job.

I'm hoping hoping hoping you still have a Brother's Elric left. *crosses fingers* That had been my wallpaper for *ages* and is one of my favorite FMA artwork.
chocolatestrawberry's avatar
Wow, I've been wondering what you'd been up to! Hopefully we'll be able to see some new submissions in the future.
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kikiohaterStudent Digital Artist
i want a print!
oishi's avatar
I wouldn't mind one, but I'd love to pay you something for it. If you're willing to accept payment for the art I seriously thought came directly from the anime when I discovered it, back in the height of my Inuyasha craze.
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SarusukeHobbyist General Artist
I always loved your stuff, especially the Inuyasha pics. I saved a bunch of them. They all looked so official, and the Kagome Finally Snaps pic was really awesome.
Anyway, I'm glad to see you back and I hope you will share more of your art. :)
x-Teigra-x's avatar
Oh man...lots going on for you, dear. I've always been a long time fan of your work, and it's good to hear that the lady behind the scenes is faring well after all this time. <3

That said, I'd love prints of your gorgeous work. San/Mir have always had a special place in my heart, and I love the pieces you did of them. Would any of the following still be available? ^__^

Lonely Souls (Miruko and Sango)
Sweet Cuddle (Miruko and Sango)
Soft Kisses (Miruko and Sango)
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Glam-Nation-StablesHobbyist Traditional Artist
Where are my manners.....WELCOME BACK! XD
I miss your art and you xD
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Glam-Nation-StablesHobbyist Traditional Artist
Pmg I want sexy roy xD
How much is he xD
I love Roy Mustang xD
sekaihatsu's avatar
Time sure flies! Welcome Back! I hope we get to see more of your art here.
pedlag's avatar
Welcome back. If you still have them, Dawn Awakening and Thank You would be awesome to have. Your stuff was always wonderful, I can't imagine how good you have gotten.
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DaphneShaggyDooHobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to say welcome back! Missed you a lot girl! That is really awesome that you got married and got to go to all those cons, I'd be happy if I could go to just one! And boy are you lucky to get to play with Photoshop all day! I know I'd love to do that.
Dancergirl88's avatar
Hi again! So, I looked through the prints you have listed, and if you still have them, I'd love a print of Soft Kisses(Miroku and Sango), and of Lonely Souls(also Miroku and Sango). If you still have copies please let me know what to do to obtain those beautiful pictures :)
Daquri's avatar
DaquriHobbyist General Artist
Glad to see you're still alive and kicking with a good life. ^^
Though I'd love to know if you ever plan on doing any more fanart? Your stuff always was amazing. Like right out of the series'.
kaching12's avatar
Oh, wow! This is the second one of my watchees that has returned after a long absence! How exciting! I'm glad you're doing well. And that's so nice of you to give away your prints! :)
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